Water Contaminants & Sources

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Water is contaminated by numerous different chemicals; there is not one simple treatment or approach to providing healthy drinking water. Save the Water™ (STW™) will expand research and identification of toxic chemicals in water beyond current U.S. governmental regulations.




It is amazing the extent to which man-made chemicals are present in deep ground water aquifers, rivers and lakes which are the sources of our drinking water. Some of the toxins include chloroform, industrial solvents, refrigerants, gasoline additives such as MTBE, PCBs, perchlorate, disinfectant bi-products (THMs), caffeine, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals (cadmium, lead, chromium), plasticizers, degreasing agents and propellants. Oil, grease, suspended solids, BOD, COD.

The sources of pollution in the U.S. and in other countries are from the same industries except for the amount of regulations that individual countries enact to control industrial pollution. In the developing world, where regulations do not exist or are unenforceable, uncontrolled disposal of chemicals, lack of sanitation and wide spread pollution are having a health effect on its citizens. And even here in the U.S. where regulations are stringent, we find unacceptable levels of dangerous chemicals in our drinking water.



Natural disasters, industry, chemical & petrochemicals, paper products, industrial laundries, petroleum, food, energy & power, metals, electronics, transportation, mining, crude extraction, bilge water, landfill leachate, storm water. These are the sources that contribute to our water pollution problem.

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